Programme for 100% Medicines Availability Launched in Tanzania

Essential medications accessibility is set to achieve 100% by March, one year from now, up from the present 80%, the Medical Stores Department (MSD) guaranteed, today.

The government’s medical supplier also hopes to grow income generation by 48%, from the current 244bn/ – to 360bn/ – in the following three years, through more sales of medications and medical equipment.

The affirmation came a few days back, when the MSD launched the new Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) to be executed in three years up to 2020. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya graced the occasion, in Dar es Salaam.

While introducing the agenda, MSD Acting Director for Finance and Planning, Mr Sako Mwakalobo said that the new plan was devised in a way that the MSD works in accordance with new changes brought by the Fifth Phase Government.

He said that the procedures were arranged in a way that by one year from now the nation will see each of the 135 basic medicines being accessible by 100%. However, Dr Ulisubisya challenged them, needing them to accomplish 100% medicine availability by next March, the challenge which the administration acknowledged and guaranteed him that it was realizable.

“We have to ensure stock availability at the headquarters and zones,” he expressed. With the help of technological headway, the MSD aims to eliminate paperwork sort of working; rather, it intends to digitize its functions in the following three years.

“These are objectives we are committed to achieve in the next three years,” he guaranteed the meeting involving MSD zonal managers, department heads and key partners.

Mr Mwakalobo clarified that the determinants behind creating the documents were, among others, embracing those new changes, work on government’s priorities and scale up technology utilization.